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University of Chicago Medical Center
The Case Management Foundation would like to wish CMSA members and the community a happy, healthy Case Management Week!

This year CMF has continued to build upon its initiatives, resulting in continued partnership with CMSA, projects such as the Careers in Case Management Initiative and grant development which will provide insight into the effectiveness of the work of case managers.

Join your fellow case managers in supporting CMF for its $12 for 2012 donor drive!  Donations are tax-deductible and help CMF continue its work.  Thank you in advance!
As the leading membership association dedicated to the support and professional development of case managers, CMSA is pleased to offer Extended Conference Learning again this year.

Whether you attended the annual conference in San Francisco and didn't have a chance to attend all of the sessions on your list, or you weren't able to attend the 2012 event, you can now "attend" sessions in the virtual Extended Conference and earn CE credits online at your convenience.

Learn more and get started today!
Thank you to all of our community's case managers for your significant work.

On Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1 PM ET, 12 Noon CT, 11 AM MT and 10 AM PT, CMSA President Nancy Skinner would like you to join her in toasting the individual and collective accomplishments of the case manager. Choose your beverage, set the alarm on your smart phone and put it on your calendar!
Today, the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) hosts its Midwest Transitions of Care Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, bringing together health care professionals, patient and caregiver advocates, and NTOCC thought leaders to raise awareness about the challenges of poor transitions, discuss effective solutions, and highlight emerging resources.

If you couldn't make it to the Seattle and Cleveland events, you still have time to register for the National Transitions of Care Summit on December 4-5 in Washington, DC!
Member Announcements
Enthusiastic, energetic, passionate, and dedicated – does this describe you?  Are you committed to the advancement of the case management profession?  Are you one who is not afraid to "step up to the plate" and make things happen?  If so, then you may want to seriously consider running for a position on CMSA’s National Board of Directors!

The nominations period is open now through October 31, 2012.  Learn more at the link below.
The Board of Directors is proud to present the newly appointed CMSA Public Policy Committee. This year the Committee has welcomed new members and a newly appointed Chair, Vice Chair and Chair Emeritus.

American Sentinel University
Featured Article
Pat Stricker, RN, MEd
Senior Vice President
TCS Healthcare Technologies

Case management interventions for targeted populations have improved tremendously over the past decade. A variety of innovations have allowed case managers to provide better consistency and standardization, improve clinical outcomes, and increase productivity.  One area that has made significant strides in recent years is leveraging data to help drive and support the management of chronically ill populations.

Caregiver resources are available on These resources provide insights about choosing a drug plan, selecting a hospital, finding local support and care options, and more. And be sure to remind caregivers that many Medicare preventive services are available to their loved one with no co-pay, like an annual wellness visit, immunizations, and some cancer screenings. It’s just another way you can help caregivers.


Seven Organizations Partnering with 145 Nursing Facilities Selected to Implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced seven cooperative agreement awards partnering with 145 nursing facilities to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.  The initiative will test models to improve the quality of care and help reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents by funding organizations that provide enhanced on-site services and supports to nursing facility residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently awarded a new round of Affordable Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants to Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia.  These awards will give states the flexibility and resources needed to create new health insurance marketplaces, known as Exchanges, for their residents.
Industry Events
World Congress has several live health care events coming up. Members can save $200 on current rates for each event by entering the code CMSA200 during the registration process!

The Leadership Summit on Emergency Department Observation Revenue
October 25-26, 2012 | Las Vegas, Nev. | More info

Discount not valid on gov’t registrations, cannot be combined with any other offers, cannot be used toward a previous registration.
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC

Register now for this live, full-day program available free of charge to case managers, nurses, medical directors, and others that work with patients with cancer (not including industry). Topics include the NCCN Guidelines®, NCCN Compendium®, oncology care today, communicating with patients as goals change, outcomes in palliative care, and clinical trials.
Through a joint collaboration, CMSA and ABQAURP have created a sub-specialty certification for Transitions of Care (TOC) as part of the specialized credentials available through ABQAURP’s Health Care Quality Management Board Certification (HCQM). Created to recognize the importance of TOC, this credential is the first one to support professionals – as a team and individually – who demonstrate competence and skills in providing the key elements of TOC.

For additional details about the certification and the available sub-specialties, visit

CMSA Members: Receive a 10% discount on the HCQM board exam with promo code CMSAEXAM.

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